Fish (mob)

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Pufferfish small.pngPufferfish medium.pngPufferfish large.png
Blue Dory.pngButterflyfish.pngCichlid.pngClownfish.pngCotton Candy Betta.pngGoatfish.pngParrotfish.pngQueen Angelfish.pngRed Lipped Blenny.pngTomato Clown.pngTomato Clownfish.pngTriggerfish.pngWhite-Gray Dasher.pngWhite-Silver SunStreak.pngYellowtail Parrot.png
Anemone.pngBlack Tang.pngBlue Tang.pngDottyback.pngEmperor Red Snapper.pngMoorish Idol.pngOrnate Butterfly.pngRed Cichlid.pngRed Snapper.pngThreadfin.pngYellow Tang.png
Health points

3 (Heart.svgHalf Heart.svg)

Attack strength

Easy: 2 (Heart.svg)
Normal: 3 (Heart.svgHalf Heart.svg)
Hard: 4 (Heart.svgHeart.svg)
1 (Poisoned Half Heart.svg) per 1.25 sec
Poison for 7 sec (Poisoned Heart.svgPoisoned Heart.svgPoisoned Half Heart.svg)


Height: 0.3 Blocks
Width: 0.5 Blocks
Height: 0.4 Blocks
Width: 0.7 Blocks
Unpuffed Pufferfish:
Height: 0.35 Blocks
Width: 0.35 Blocks
Semi-puffed Pufferfish:
Height: 0.5 Blocks
Width: 0.5 Blocks
Fully Puffed Pufferfish:
Height: 0.7 Blocks
Width: 0.7 Blocks
Tropical Fish:
Height: 0.4 Blocks
Width: 0.5 Blocks


See Spawning

First appearances

See History


See Drops






Internal ID


Entity ID

See Data values

Tom Stone Mojang avatar.png You're not the only new explorer of the updated oceans, mind. We've filled the seas with new types of fish! Above is the delightful pufferfish, which filled me with delightful poison because I was too busy taking that screenshot to swim away in time :(
Tom Stone[1]

Fish are common passive mobs found in oceans and rivers. They come in 4 main variants: cod, salmon, pufferfish, and tropical fish. Tropical fish have 3,584 variants, so the total amount of fish adds up to 3,587 fish.


Cod spawn in normal, cold, and lukewarm oceans, and their deep variants.

Pufferfish and tropical fish spawn in lukewarm, warm, and deep lukewarm oceans.

Salmon spawn in cold and frozen oceans, and their deep variants. Unlike the other types of fish, they also spawn in normal and frozen rivers. Salmon can spawn in 3 sizes which are small, normal and large.‌[Bedrock and Legacy Console editions only]


Fish drop 1 of their item form when killed:


Cod, salmon and tropical fish tend to swim in schools of fish (a maximum of nine cod, six salmon, and nine of the same tropical per school). Salmon are able to swim up approximately 4-5 blocks in waterfalls. Pufferfish will try to hide in a coral or a coral fan and will spin until it leaves; they will also puff up when approached by dolphins and armor stands.[2] They will also swim up waterfalls, like salmon. In Bedrock Edition, however, pufferfish will also puff up when near most hostile mobs.

The player may collect a fish by using a water bucket on it, which gives the player a bucket of fish. Fish placed with buckets will not despawn naturally. When that fish bucket is used against a block, it empties the bucket, placing water with that fish swimming in it. An empty bucket may be used as well.‌[Legacy Console and Bedrock editions only]


None of the fish are able to survive out of water. Outside of water, they flop around like guardians for a while until eventually they start to suffocate and die like squids. Cod, salmon and tropical fish will flip around on their sides. They will rotate when flipping.‌[Bedrock and Legacy Console editions only] Fish cannot swim or breathe in cauldron water.[3]

Fish have a weakness to weapons that have the Impaling enchantment, which also affects squid, turtles, guardians, elder guardians and dolphins.

Guardians will use their laser attack on fish in Bedrock Edition.


Pufferfish will puff up when approached by a player in Survival or Adventure mode, drowned, or any non-water mob in a 5x5x5 cube around the fish, going from unpuffed, then semi-puffed, to fully puffed‌[Java Edition only], or instantly to the fully-puffed state‌[Legacy Console and Bedrock editions only]. Pufferfish are technically passive mobs but going near one when fully puffed will inflict the player/mob with seven seconds of Poison, and touching them in their puffed form will deal damage separate from the poison. Pufferfish also instantly puff up to their fullest form after taking any kind of damage.‌[Bedrock Edition only]

Tropical fish varieties[edit]

The 22 common varieties of tropical fish in Bedrock Edition.
top: White-Silver SunStreak, Red-White Kob, Yellow Tang, White-Gray Dasher
second row: Parrotfish, Queen Angel Fish, Red Cichlid, Red Lipped Blenny, Red Snapper, Threadfin
third row: Cotton Candy Betta, Dottyback, Emperor Red Snapper, Goatfish, Moorish Idol, Ornate Butterfly
bottom: Anemone, Black Tang, Blue Dory, Butterfly Fish, Cichlid, Clownfish

When tropical fish spawn in the wild, 90% of the time they will come in one of the 22 varieties seen on the right, and the other 10% of the time their patterns, size and colors will be completely random, drawn from any of 2 shapes, 15 colors, 6 patterns, and 15 colors for the pattern. These result in 2,700 naturally-occurring combinations.

With commands, the player can summon tropical fish with black as one or both of their colors, and/or without any visible pattern, though even without the pattern they can still have a pattern color, causing a further 884 possible combinations, 480 of which look the same due to the missing pattern.‌[Java Edition only]


Tropical fish also have assigned names which can be seen after capture, so that the buckets are given names like "Bucket of Plum Blockfish", "Bucket of Sky-Orange Snooper" or "Bucket of Orange-Lime Dasher" in Bedrock Edition, while the types and colors are seen as tooltips in Java Edition. Their colors are mostly named according to the colored block names, though with a few exceptions:

  • White
  • Orange
  • Magenta
  • Sky
  • Yellow
  • Lime
  • Rose
  • Gray
  • Silver
  • Teal
  • Plum
  • Blue
  • Brown
  • Green
  • Red

The base color will come first, and if the pattern color is different, it will come after that. Lastly, the fish bucket will be given a name according to the shape and pattern of the fish:

Flopper Glitter Betty
Stripey Blockfish Clayfish
Tropical Fish Patterns.png
Kob Snooper Brinely
SunStreak Dasher Spotty

Some tropical fish don't follow the normal naming system, and instead reference real-life fish species. Apart from these names, these types of fish aren't different from regular tropical fish in terms of design or behavior.

These varieties are:

Name Type
Anemone Orange-Gray Stripey
Black Tang Gray Flopper
Blue Dory ‌[Bedrock Edition only] Gray-Sky SunStreak
Blue Tang ‌[Java Edition only] Gray-Blue Flopper
Butterfly Fish ‌[Bedrock Edition only]/Butterflyfish ‌[Java Edition only] White-Gray Brinely
Cichlid Blue-Gray SunStreak
Clownfish Orange-White Kob
Cotton Candy Betta Rose-Sky Spotty
Dottyback Plum-Yellow Blockfish
Emperor Red Snapper White-Red Clayfish
Goatfish White-Yellow Spotty
Moorish Idol White-Gray Glitter
Ornate Butterfly ‌[Bedrock Edition only]/Ornate Butterflyfish ‌[Java Edition only] White-Orange Clayfish
Parrotfish Teal-Rose Dasher
Queen Angel Fish ‌[Bedrock Edition only]/Queen Angelfish ‌[Java Edition only] Lime-Sky Brinely
Red Cichlid Red-White Betty
Red Lipped Blenny Gray-Red Snooper
Red Snapper Red-White Blockfish
Threadfin White-Yellow Flopper
Tomato Clown ‌[Bedrock Edition only] Red-White SunStreak
Tomato Clownfish ‌[Java Edition only] Red-White Kob
Triggerfish Gray-White SunStreak
Yellowtail Parrot ‌[Bedrock Edition only]/Yellowtail Parrotfish ‌[Java Edition only] Teal-Yellow Dasher
Yellow Tang Yellow Stripey

Data values[edit]


Java Edition:

Entity ID Name
Cod cod
Salmon salmon
Tropical Fish tropical_fish
Pufferfish pufferfish

Bedrock Edition:

Entity ID Name Numeral ID
Cod cod 112
Salmon salmon 109
Tropical Fish tropicalfish 111
Pufferfish pufferfish 108

Entity data[edit]

See also: Chunk format

Cod and salmon have entity data associated with them that contain various properties of the mob.

Pufferfish and tropical fish have additional entity data, beyond what other fish have.

  • Entity data
    • Tags common to all entities see Template:Nbt inherit/entity/template
    • Tags common to all mobs see Template:Nbt inherit/mob/template
    •  FromBucket: 1 or 0 (true/false) - Whether the fish had ever been released from a bucket.
    •  PuffState: A value from 0–2, Only used for minecraft:pufferfish. 0 means the fish is deflated, 1 means it is halfway puffed-up, and 2 means it is fully puffed-up.
    •  Variant: A 4-byte integer. Only used for minecraft:tropical_fish.
      • The least significant byte has a value of either 0 for a small fish, or 1 for a large fish. Values above 1 will result in an invisible fish.
      • The next byte has a value from 0–5, representing the pattern on the fish. Values above 5 will result in a fish with no pattern.
      • The next byte has a value from 0–14,[note 1] representing the color of the fish's body.
      • The most significant byte has a value from 0–14,[note 1] representing the color of the fish's pattern.
  1. a b The ID numbers for the colors match the data values of colored blocks. If this value is 15, the color will be black, and if the value is above 15, the color will be white. However, fish with values 15 and up do not spawn naturally.

The fish sizes and patterns are depicted in the following table, with white body color and dark gray pattern color.

second-least byte
0 1 2 3 4 5
least byte
Flopper Glitter Betty
Stripey Blockfish Clayfish
Tropical Fish Patterns.png
Kob Snooper Brinely
SunStreak Dasher Spotty

The 22 varieties of tropical fish most commonly found throughout the world have Variant tag values from the following table, which also lists what color/shape/patterns come from that value.

Shape Pattern Base color Pattern color Variant Name
0 0 1 0 65536 Orange-White Kob
0 0 14 0 917504 Red-White Kob
1 3 14 0 918273 Red-White Blockfish
1 4 14 0 918529 Red-White Betty
1 5 0 1 16778497 White-Orange Clayfish
0 4 5 3 50660352 Lime-Sky Brinely
0 5 6 3 50726144 Rose-Sky Spotty
0 1 7 3 50790656 Gray-Sky SunStreak ‌[Bedrock Edition only]
1 0 0 4 67108865 White-Yellow Flopper
0 5 0 4 67110144 White-Yellow Spotty
1 1 4 4 67371265 Yellow Stripey
1 3 10 4 67764993 Plum-Yellow Blockfish
0 3 9 6 101253888 Teal-Rose Dasher
1 2 0 7 117441025 White-Gray Glitter
0 3 0 7 117441280 White-Gray Dasher
0 4 0 7 117441536 White-Gray Brinely
1 1 1 7 117506305 Orange-Gray Stripey
1 0 7 7 117899265 Gray Flopper
0 1 11 7 118161664 Blue-Gray SunStreak
0 1 0 0 134217984 White-Silver Sunstreak
1 0 7 11 185008129 Gray-Blue Flopper ‌[Java Edition only]
1 5 0 14 234882305 White-Red Clayfish
0 2 7 14 235340288 Gray-Red Snooper

The variant number is the sum of the most significant byte * 224 + second most significant byte * 216 + second least significant byte * 28 + least significant byte.


Icon Achievement In-game description Actual requirements (if different) Availability Xbox points earned Trophy type (PS)
Xbox PS Bedrock Nintendo
I'm a Marine BiologistCollect a fish in a bucketUse a water bucket (or an empty bucket[Bedrock Edition only]) on any fish mob to collect it.NoAltYesNo20G
Marine BiologistPS4Bronze


Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Internal ID
Advancement-plain-raw.pngTactical FishingCatch a fish... without a fishing rod!Fishy BusinessUse a water bucket on a fish mob to create a bucket of fish.minecraft:husbandry/tactical_fishing


Java Edition Alpha
June 28, 2010Notch mentioned that fish might be a feature of coral, if he were able to add coral: "... I do know that the corals will have tiny fish particles around them."
October 4, 2010Fish were a passive mob that Notch showed interest in adding. In the promotional graphic for the Halloween Update, Notch indicated he would add fish. However, they were only added as an item; there was no code for a fish mob.
Java Edition
October 5, 2012Fish were jokingly teased in the fake snapshot 12marc40awesome, along with coral and "fish blocks".
April 13, 2013When Jon Kågström was asked in his AMA on Reddit, "What mob would you like to implement into the game?" He responded, "I would like to add birds, fish and tree animals to make it more alive. However this will take some time before it can be done."
July 31, 2013During Notch's AMA on Reddit, when asked about what happened to his plans of adding fish as a mob, he responded, "Oh yeah, the fish!"
1.13 November 18, 2017TeasedFish.jpeg Two fish mobs, presumably early tropical fish, were shown off in a clip presented at MineCon Earth.
18w08b Added fish mobs, at this time only cod, salmon, and "puffer fish".
Fish mobs have 20 (Heart.svg × 10) health.
18w10a Added tropical fish.
The health of fish has now been changed to 3 (Heart.svgHalf Heart.svg).[4]
18w10b Tropical fish will now make sounds and will now no longer use the player damage sound.
18w15a Cod and salmon will now drop the cooked version of their item drops, if killed while on fire.
18w19a Corrected "Puffer Fish" to Pufferfish.[5]
1.13.1 18w31a Fish will now have a 5% chance of dropping bone meal when killed.
Bedrock Edition
1.4 beta Added all 4 variants of fish mobs.
1.8 beta Tropical fish are now slightly bigger.
Legacy Console Edition
TU691.76Patch 38Added fish mobs.
Education Edition
1.4.0 Added all 4 variants of fish mobs.


Issues relating to "Fish mob", "Pufferfish mob", "Cod mob", "Salmon mob", or "Tropical fish mob" are maintained on the bug tracker. Report issues there.


In other media[edit]


  1. "How We Ruin-ed Minecraft" –, March 5, 2018
  2. MC-132239
  3. MC-126819 – "fish bouncing and suffocating on top of the cauldron which fill with water" resolved as "Won't Fix"
  4. MC-126091 – "Fish mobs have 20 health", resolved
  5. MC-124190 – "Some display names don't follow the id", resolved